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Indianapolis impressive in San Pedro

  • Indianapolis is well regarded by his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert (Benoit Photos)

Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Indianapolis certainly didn't disappoint in his three-year-old debut in the $75,460 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Monday. By pulling away in the stretch to score by 4 1/4 lengths, the well-regarded colt had his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert plotting a path to the Kentucky Derby.

Indianapolis stalked just off the rail as Rockin Home led the four-horse field through a quick opening quarter in :21 4/5. After putting a head in front around the far turn to post a half-mile in :44 4/5, the son of Medaglia d'Oro inched away from his rivals at the top of the stretch. But the farther they went, the stronger he looked, powering home in 1:08 4/5 for the six-furlong test over the fast main track.

Papa Turf got up for second, while it was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Beach Hut in third. Rockin Home brought up the rear. Elmonte Cristo was scratched.

With Martin Garcia up, Indianapolis was sent off as the 3-5 favorite and paid his backers $3.20 for the win. The dark bay banked $46,200 in his first stakes victory to boost his bankroll to $73,200 from just two career starts. He broke his maiden by a length in his only start as a two-year-old on November 24 at Hollywood Park.

Bred in Kentucky by Turner Breeders, Indianapolis is a half-brother to Grade 3 scorers Heart Ashley and Ashley's Kitty. They were produced by the Grade 2-placed Beau Genius mare Pretty 'n Smart, who is herself a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 victress Hostess.

Indianapolis sold for $490,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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